Did £30m Chelsea newbie's World Cup aspirations help him reject Tottenham?

Willian chose Chelsea over Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Is his dream to play for Brazil the real reason?

Chelsea have been busy this week committing something of a raid on Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

Jose Mourinho acted quick to capitalise on the financial uncertainty at the Dagestan club - who appear to be flogging the majority of their big name talents this summer.

The likes of Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Denisov and Aleksandar Kokorin have all been moved on - while Chelsea have been quick to join in the pilfering.

They snapped up Samuel Eto’o, who of course worked with Mourinho previously at Inter Milan, after it became clear that a move for Wayne Rooney was not going to happen.

The club also saw their Brazilian star Willian Borges da Silva awarded a work permit by the Home Office - which allowed them to finalise his £30 million switch.

Of course it was a deal completed the week before, as Chelsea swooped in to snatch him from Spurs after he had already completed a medical at Hotspur Way.

So Willian is a Chelsea player, with it generally believed that the presence of the Blues in the Champions League convinced him to choose South West London ahead of North East.

But Champions League football gives him a better chance of fulfilling his main ambition driving his move to a major European league.

Willian has been speaking this week of his dream to play for Brazil in the World Cup next summer - and playing in Europe's elite competition will give him much more of a chance of fulfilling that dream.

Brazil, obviously, are hosting the competition and the former Shakhtar Donetsk attacker is desperate to play for Selecao in a home World Cup:

"That is definitely an aim of mine, to win my place in the squad and go to the World Cup.I will have to work hard for Chelsea to show what I am capable of, and I'm sure if I do that I will have the opportunity to be called up by the national team as a consequence. That applies to every player, if you work hard and perform well for your club, you will get those opportunities, and if the chance arrives I want to be ready to take it with both hands."

Willian has so far discovered how tough it can be to earn a regular place in the Brazilian squad - as despite his pedigree he still has just two caps for his country - the last of which came in 2011.

Luiz Felipe Scolari, himself a former Chelsea manager, has a settled squad at the moment and with the talent pool at his disposal could easily overlook Willian’s claim for a place in the squad.

But a superb season in the Premier League and Champions League for one of the world’s biggest clubs might just change his mind.

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